If you want to poison the little varmints rather than shoot 'em, there is an upcoming training session in Bozeman on the proper use of Rozol on Wednesday October 31st. Details here:

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After a 14-month ban, a pesticide that fights black-tailed prairie dogs can be used again in many areas of Montana. Free training for applicators will be offered in Malta, Lewistown and Bozeman.

Montana applicators who want to use Rozol Prairie Dog Bait should pay close attention to new conservation measures:

- prohibit application within current and future black-footed ferret reintroduction areas.
- shorten the application season when the range of the black-tailed prairie dog overlaps with the range of listed species, including grizzly bears and Preble's meadow jumping mouse. This pesticide product can only be used from Dec. 1 to March 1 within grizzly bear ranges.
- require expanded carcass removal procedures to remove poisoned black-tailed prairie dogs.
- require additional recordkeeping, which relate to carcass removal, geographic restrictions and more.
- Prohibit use of Rozol Prairie Dog Bait within the tribal boundaries of the Fort Belknap, Northern Cheyenne, Crow and Blackfeet Indian reservations.

The upcoming meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman with lunch served.

To attend the training sessions, RSVP to Marianne Baseheart at baseheartm@liphatech.com